Headteacher’s Weekly Bulletin
Friday 12th December 2014
Well, we’re nearly there; just five more ‘get-ups’, the School Christmas tree is up (with brand new decorations, I may add, after someone seems to have thrown away the old ones!), GCSE mock exams are being reviewed and we’ve now begun our rewards activities programme with a Year 11 trip to ‘Jump Nation’ and the Trafford Centre yesterday and a Year 7 afternoon of celebration in the Watson Hall today. Similar activities continue next week but whilst certain groups have an occasional break from the normal routine, it’s business as usual in the classroom and around School and standards will doubtless be maintained. Time spent judiciously now is ‘money in the bank’, particularly for exam classes, at the end of the year.
Election for Parent Governors
This afternoon your sons and daughters will return home with a pen portrait of the candidates for the two vacant parent governor positions and a ballot paper for each parent / carer in your household. They are all worthy candidates and I’m sure it will be a tough choice. Can I encourage you all to vote as this is such an important role and return the ballot paper in the envelopes provided as per the instructions in my letter? If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at School. The deadline is 3.05pm on Thursday afternoon.
Can I also remind you that it is our Carol Service at Christ Church, Timperley, at 7 o’clock on Monday evening? It would be wonderful to see the church jam-packed as always as we sing ourselves full of festive cheer. Choristers, musicians and readers alike have been preparing hard and merit a large and appreciative congregation.
This week I received this message from Mrs MacDonald, mother of Ben in Year 11 and former student Samantha. It is an inevitably sad but ultimately heart-warming tribute to Wellington student Amy Allen who passed away in 2008. It is also testimony to the good deeds that so many of our students carry out so often and rightly serves to keep alive the memory of a delightful young lady.
“For the last six years two of your pupils have been working hard running a charity called ‘Amy’s Angels and Heroes’ with the help and support of their older siblings, Claire Allen and myself. We have raised over seven thousand pounds with money being donated to Francis House, Little Princess Trust and Head Smart.
Amy was Molly Allen's big sister and my daughter Samantha’s friend. Samantha and Amy went through primary school together; Samantha a year above because of birthdays but still the same age and both were pupils at Wellington, though Amy only for a short time in Year 7. Amy, Sam, Ben and Molly have grown up together so as you can understand this is a truly heart-breaking situation.
This year Amy would have turned 18 so with that in mind Molly and Ben and ourselves decided to raise one thousand eight hundred pounds and, with the money, buy R.M.C.H oncology ward new gifts for the children's play room. With the shopping complete and many Kindle Fires, DVD players and toys purchased we have been invited to the ward on Friday morning at 8.30 am for the children and staff to receive the gifts." And here are Molly and Ben with the gifts they presented this morning - very well done.
Team Wellin have been busy selling their range of winter warming drinks in aid of St Ann’s Hospice. Following successful sales at Manchester Airport, Christmas Fairs and to friends and family, they raised a fantastic £323. This week the team attended the final presentation day. Although they did not win the challenge, the judges commented on their honesty about what they have learnt throughout the challenge. Well done, team! You are true entrepreneurs in the making.
Thanks again to Mrs Clarke for the report and for organising, motivating and accompanying the students.
Miss Hitchens, Mrs Rainford and Mr Hay had a wonderful afternoon on Wednesday going to see ‘Shrek: The Musical’ at The Palace theatre in Manchester. The production was hilarious – especially Lord Faaquard’s little legs! The Y7 pupils who attended were exceptional and Miss Hitchens is now excited to receive articles for the newsletter from the pupils who stand a chance of winning Mr Gingerbread Man toys. In her own words, Miss Hitchens ‘fears cowardice’ when judging the entries so may give that job to Mr. Hay.
Language Leader trip to Manchester markets – by Adam Royle
Last Monday 10 Language Leaders embarked on what turned out to be a wonderful trip to the Manchester Christmas markets accompanied by Miss Weeks and Mrs Roe Bennett. When we arrived we were immediately captivated by the wonderful Christmas spirit all across the market from the jolly store sellers to the gigantic Santa which engulfs the whole market. While there were some shops which offered antiques and small Christmas trees, the Language Leaders seemed more interested in speaking German and French to the market traders. Oh, and of course, the food stalls were also a highlight; from delicious chocolate pancakes covered in Nutella, to the succulent German bratwurst - the Language Leaders tried a whole host of dishes which the market had to offer. Along with that, as mentioned, the Language Leaders showed off their language skills by talking to the store sellers and taking pictures with the store merchants. The Language Leaders tried hard to get the most authentic market experience possible and I would like to think that we achieved that.
If you want to check out some more pictures and videos of our trip to the markets, don’t be shy and check out our Instagram - @wellington_mfl.
Miss Warburton took her Year 13 French class to a ‘Au revoir les enfants’ essay writing workshop at Manchester Metropolitan University yesterday. “The day was really interesting and we picked up lots of tips on how to write a good essay on the film. Now the students can look forwards to lots of practice essays being set!”
I think ‘look forward’ is probably stretching it a bit, Miss, but it sounds like the trip was a real enhancement to the students’ A2 studies.
Mr Fenwick reports on this week’s Year 7 basketball fixture; “On Tuesday, the Year 7 Boys’ basketball team came up against BTH. Like all the games this season the score was close throughout with the lead changing hand a number of times. Unfortunately they just came up short 18-14. Shooting was much improved our but defence let us down at times. Man of the match was George Bancroft.”
“Another good result for the Year 8/9 Basketball team. They were victorious over Sale High with a 30-28 point victory. It was a very scrappy game with lots of contact yet our lads kept their heads and didn’t get intimidated. Man of the match has to go to Lloyd Gardner. He got the nod last minute thanks to Miss Weeks as he should be completing extra French after school. She allowed him to play as he promised to make the time up on Thursday instead, we are all glad she did! We are entering the Christmas break with a record of 3 wins, 1 loss and 2 games remaining versus St Ambrose and ACA.”
Report from Mr Gubbins.
Mr Morgan says “well done to the year 10/11 basketball team who continue to impress with their third consecutive victory. This week the team played away at Sale High, always a difficult fixture due to the small court size. The game was level at the halfway point 6-6, however the second 20 minutes went well for Wellington, with a convincing final score of20-11.
Man of the match – Nathaniel Chitzea.”
The 6th form football team played Sale Grammar this week, a difficult fixture made harder by the fact that Wellington could only field 10 men, illness and workload had caught up with the squad. That said, the team played with conviction and showed great effort in the first half keeping a clean sheet until the final minutes. The second half was a much tougher affair with Sale creating pressure and chances, Wellington defended admirably, but in the end, the extra man made the difference and we conceded two late goals to make the final score 3-0 to Sale.
Under Miss Hodges’ guidance the year 8 Netball team are through to the semi-finals of the Trafford league, which will be played in January. “We don't know who we will be facing yet as we are still waiting for the results of some other fixtures to come in, but the girls are ready and raring to go!”
Cheerleading and dance festival.
Miss Richards’ cheerleaders have been hard at it and were delighted to be able to display their talents this week.
“From September, we have been preparing for our first big event. With 18 girls involved from Years 7 and 10 we headed off to George Carnell Leisure Centre, donning brightly coloured tops, pom poms and even make up!! There was no need to rehearse when we arrived and the show got under way with groups from KS1 and 2 performing their cheerleading and dance routines. Each group was excitedly applauded and then it was our turn. Mrs Haley ran the video camera, Miss Richards organised the music whilst Portia Davenport started us off with the chant! 5, 6, 7, 8! An explosive start that took us straight into the cheer routine. Bodies were rocked, poms were thrown, legs were jigged and faces were aglow. A superb performance from each and every student.
We are already planning the moves for the next event in March and hope this competition can lead to success.”
Makes me want to dust off my pom-poms and squeeze back into my lycra! Perhaps not!
An update from Mr T;
“What a busy few weeks it has been for Year 11; it started four weeks ago with pre-mocks in English, Maths and Science, followed by subject support during morning registration, mentoring and then finally the mock exams themselves. I have to state my pride in how mature the year group have been throughout this period and attacked everything with excellent energy and enthusiasm. Despite their inevitable end of term fatigue they have maintained a great commitment to learning.
On Thursday we took 45 students on a reward trip to Jump Nation and the Trafford Centre. The students were selected on the progress they have made towards their target grades. We arrived at jump nation and the excitement built when the students had it almost to themselves. There were two small 2 year old children also using the facility and the parents commented on how mature and kind our students were with them whilst they were bouncing. The centre staff in charge stated "this is the best, most well-behaved school we have had using our centre since it opened" - further indication of what a great year group we have. Jump Nation allowed the students a great stress relief from their mock exams and it was onto the Trafford Centre where some students watched a movie, some played laser quest and the others just wandered around to do their Christmas Shopping.”
Following the pattern of today’s Year 7 event, Year 11 will have their afternoon of celebration and fun in School next week, and well deserved it is too.
Steadfast, iron-willed, unflinching … all adjectives I would like to think apply to me ordinarily. It seems, however, that I have let myself down. A rare moment of weakness? Yes, I’ve only gone and done it – we have an addition to the Beeley clan … Ozzy the puppy! The children finally wore me down. Mrs Tasker is delighted, of course, and now considers me normal after all. Don’t worry; he is for life and not just for Christmas. I’ve actually wanted a dog for quite some time (granted I envisaged something bigger) but I’ve allowed the children to believe it was their idea. Not being a dog-owner for a number of years I had forgotten how damned hard work it is, but worth it nevertheless. Of course, I haven’t yet broken it to my children that they aren’t getting anything else for Christmas.
Anyway, keep dry but away from any crowded shops (do it all on-line), get those trees up, scoff a few mince pies and just let that feeling of inner peace and well-being soar through your very being as Christmas draws near.
Have a great weekend.
S P Beeley
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